Theofilos Gkinopoulos

Short description

Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Surrey, United Kingdom. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Certified FHEA). Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Political Sciences, University of Crete, Greece

Places of work

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Political Sciences, University of Crete, Greece

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, and Institute of Psychology of Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Previously held positions:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Lifecourse Development, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

Summary of research

Social and political identity formations in contexts of uncertainty, cross-cultural comparisons of identity processes, adherence to and communication of fake news and conspiracy theories, identity formation in debates about diversity

Research interests

The core of my research expertise is in the area of social and political identities, as well as how they change over time and how they are associated with or (re)produced in conspiracy communication, beliefs, and ideation. I have examined how conspiracy theories are endorsed in contexts of victimhood, and how social identities are represented in lay and political debates. More recently, I am looking at the interplay between diversity ideologies and the formation of multiple levels of identities.


Gkinopoulos, T., & Mari, S. (in press). How exposure to real conspiracy theories motivates collective action and political engagement? Τhe moderating role of primed victimhood and underlying emotional mechanisms in the case of 2018 bushfire in Attica. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Gkinopoulos, T. (in press). Victim-focused political apology predicts political support via perceived sincerity, trust and positive emotional climate: The case of the 2018 bushfire in Attica. Journal of Social and Political Psychology.


Pavlović, T., Azevedo, F., De, K., Riano-Moreno, J., Maglic, M., Gkinopoulos, T., … van Bavel, J. J. (2022). Predicting attitudinal and behavioral responses to COVID-19 pandemic using machine learning. PNAS Nexus.

Gkinopoulos, T., Sagherian-Dickey, T., & Schaafsma, J. (2022). “Sorry for what we did”: A Social Psychological Understanding of Political and Intergroup Apologies (Introduction to the Special Issue). International Review of Social Psychology, 35(1), 4. DOI:

 Van Bavel, J.J., Cichocka, A., Capraro, V. et al. (2022). National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic. Nature Communications, 13, 517.


Pagliaro, S., Sacchi, S., Pacilli, M. G. et al. (2021). Trust predicts COVID-19 prescribed and discretionary behavioral intentions in 23 countries. PloS one, 16(3), e0248334.


Gkinopoulos, T. (2020). Identity Entrepreneurship in Political Commemorations: A Longitudinal Quantitative Content Analysis of Commemorative Speeches by Leaders of Parties in Power and Opposition Before and During the Greek Economic Crisis. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 8(2), 582-599.

Pantazi, M., Gkinopoulos, T., Witkowska, M., Klein, O., & Bilewicz, M. (2020). “Historia est magistra vitae”? The impact of historical victimhood on current conspiracy beliefs. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 25, 581 - 601.


Conference & presentations